As industrial designer you're constantly browsing through possible ways to manufacture your design. There are just are so many methods for cutting, molding, stamping, forging and so on, that even after decades in the design business every now and then you find yourself working with a new production method.
For the center hole liner of the new version of the Ocean Rodeo Shift bar we choose a two stage deep drawing solution, where a thin sheet metal blank is first formed as a hollow wedge. After being inserted in the injection molded carbon fiber bar body, the top edge is pressed with a second tool to form a nice and smooth collar.
Knowing this was a very difficult shape to achieve in 316 stainless steel, we are very pleased with the result - hats off to the factory!